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The Legion #33

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2004
By: Shawn Hill

“For the Future … Forever”

Writers: Abnett and Lanning
Artists: Batista and Leister

Publisher: DC

It’s rather rushed: DnA tie up their various threads, as the Credo and the Legion meet in final confrontation to determine the future of two galaxies.

Over something like 50 issues, DnA have revitalized and regrouped a Legion in disarray at the end of the once-fertile Reboot period. Of course, they broke them first, sending the Blight, the Rift, and Robotica against the team. By getting half the team Lost, and stranding the other half on various Worlds, they kept the focus on character, and upped the sci-fi quotient as well.

For the reunited team that began this title, DnA continued threads developed in their earlier series, while strengthening ties to other parts of DC continuity as the Blighted worlds recovered. The team faced Ra's Al Ghul, and rapid evolutionary change. They faced Universo and Darkseid, but enjoyed the help of a brand new Superboy, in homage to classic stories. There were losses (of Monstress, Element Lad, Livewire), but also returns (a transformed Livewire), and new friends (Shikari). There was new love (Cosmic Boy and Kid Quantum, a dalliance between Jo and Imra). There were surprises (the Tinya in lost was a ruse; the real Tinya was marooned on Rimbor, pregnant and unprotected). There were unwelcome changes (Garth, Kinetix and Jekka all experienced bodily transformations), and projects of personal growth (Jazmine coping with leadership duties, Dreamer choosing to discipline herself physically and mentally).

Less interesting:
It’s a bit strange to see who’s spotlighted this issue. While almost everyone is featured, habitual stars M’onel and Cosmic Boy get few lines, while other players like Starboy and Umbra perform pivotal roles. It’s great to see the Espionage Squad score a coup, though, and for the Legion as a whole (finally reunited and at full strength, with their planet behind him) to put an end to the Credo menace at last.

Still interesting:
Like many of DnA’s stories, this issue is a bit schematic, more sketched in than fully explored. They rely greatly on Batista, whose bright and sparkling pencils go far to fill in whatever blanks one finds in the script. Overall, however, the DnA run will be seen as having had more hits than misses, and as keeping the Legion alive and flourishing while other titles old and new floundered.

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